Monday, March 31, 2014

Keep the Avenue Open

Genesis 29:10 (NKJV)And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 

In February of 2012, I posted a blog titled, "Remove the Stone---for Good!" It was a word God gave me for the body of Christ. The foundation of the post came from Genesis 29. The shepherds would block the water well with a stone and only remove it at a specific time when all the sheep were gathered together. It was a parallel to the modern day church. They gather on Sunday and receive grace then the rest of the week ignore God because they do not live holy lives. They separate themselves from God with their sin. The sin is the stone and the water well is God. If you have never read it, I encourage you to. The title is a link.

However, there is another lesson here. Jacob, who was such a conniver, was blessed by God. This story gives us a clue why he was so blessed.

One of the first things you notice about Jacob; he did not let his sin separate him from God. In our passage at the top, he removed the stone even though all the flocks were not gathered. Jacob did not concern himself with rules, but that did not keep him from God.

Jacob knew he was a sinner. A few chapters later, Jacob needed God. He said to God, "I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies." (Genesis 32:10)

When Jacob had only his staff, he committed to give God a tenth of all his blessings (Gen 28:22). God made him very wealthy. Jacob knew God was his source for everything. He also knew God wanted to bless him so he kept an avenue open for God to do it.

Jacob did not let sin separate him. Jacob knew God was his supply. He also knew God wanted to bless him and it was totally by grace.

Don't let anything separate you. Learn about the grace of God. When you do, you will be happy to give back a tenth and keep the avenue of blessing open.

Be blessed!

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